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# 16 Buckeyes get ready for final home game of regular season as dangerous Rutgers visits tonight


Ohio State, Scarlet Knights tip at 7 p.m. on BTN



No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-16, 3-13)


Date: Feb. 20, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Lisa Byington (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)


Senior, Graduate Recognition Tuesday
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and the men’s basketball program will formally recognize the accomplishments of its seniors and university graduates in an on-court ceremony prior to the game against the Scarlet Knights. Senior managers Darik Artis, Logan Brauer, Tyler Krupp and Greg Oman will be honored prior to student-athletes Andrew DakichKeita Bates-DiopKam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate.

More on the Student-Athletes
Tate will be joined on the court by his parents Jermaine and Jenice Tate along with sisters Jada and Jocelyn and brothers Jalen and Damien. Jae’Sean graduated in December with a degree in sport industry. He is currently working on a master’s degree in coaching. Jae’Sean will complete his Ohio State career among the Top 25 scorers and Top 10 rebounders in Ohio State history.
Williams will take the court with his parents Kevin Williams and Lorie Green. Kam will go down in the Ohio State record books as one of the all-time best 3-point shooters with more than 160 made threes, which ranks among the Top 10 in Ohio State history.
Bates-Diop will be accompanied by his parents, Richard and Wilma Bates along with his brother Kai and sister Maddie Biehl. Keita graduated in December with a degree in economics and is currently working on a minor in psychology. Already one of the leading scorers in Ohio State history with more than 1,100 points, Keita has one year of eligibility remaining with the Buckeyes.
Dakich will be honored with his parents Dan Dakich and Jackie White as well as his sister Laura Dakich. With an undergraduate degree from the state up north, Andrew is working on a master’s degree in coaching during his one year of eligibility with the Buckeyes.


Starting Five, Plus One
• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at
• Keita Bates-Diop was selected to the Naismith Trophy Late Season Watch List Feb. 15 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club as well as the John R. Wooden Midseason Watch List Feb. 5. He is one of 20 players who remain in the running for the Wooden Award and among the final 30 for the Naismith Trophy. Bates-Diop was one of 14 players nationally selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List Jan. 22. The award is given to the USBWA’s college basketball player of the year. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Feb. 7 Bates-Diop is one of 10 candidates for the 2018 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.
• Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 9-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 9-0 or better. He also is the first Ohio State coach to win 20 or more (22) regular-season games in his first season in Columbus. Holtmann has won 20 or more games in each of his last five years as a head coach (Final year at Gardner-Webb, three at Butler and this season in Columbus).
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 9-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949
• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,100 points for his career with a 35-point effort vs. Illinois Feb. 4 (1,165)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (579) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…he reached 500 points this season (565) with 35 vs. Illinois…Thirty three former Buckeyes have scored 500 or more points in a season at least once for a total of 50 campaigns with a player scoring 500 or more in a season…Bates-Diop is 39th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list.
38. Lawrence Funderburke 1,179
39. Keita Bates-Diop 1,165
40. Frank Howard 1,147
C.J. Jackson reached 500 points for his career with five at No. 3 Purdue Feb. 7 (533)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. Maryland Jan. 11…Jackson has 21 games this season with 10 or more points. Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points vs. Indiana to reach 1,400 career points (1,462)…he is averaging 12.7 points a game this season and 11.8 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 21 all-time in career scoring (1,462). He passed David Lighty with 20 points at Michigan. Jerry Francis is next at No. 20 with 1,486 career points.
20. Jerry Francis 1,486
21. Jae’Sean Tate 1,462
22. David Lighty 1,458
In addition to his abilities on offense, Tate joined the 700 club in career rebounding at Ohio State with six boards vs. Indiana…he has 735 over 124 contests for an average of 5.9 a game…he became the 14th Buckeye all-time to reach 700 career boards…the game against the Hoosiers Jan. 30 was his 100th career start in an Ohio State uniform. Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 232-84 after the loss the last time out vs. Michigan. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just nine players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is second nationally in field goal percentage (.556) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 47 blocked shots…among players with at least 45 blocks, Bates-Diop has the third-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.8…that 29.8 PAR is the fourth-highest among all Buckeyes since 1996-97, behind Evan Turner in 2009-10 (35.5), Michael Redd in 1997-98 (31.4) and D’Angelo Russell in 2014-15 (29.9) and ahead of Jared Sullinger in 2010-11 (28.5).






Taver Johnson returns to Ohio State as Cornerbacks Coach


Taver Johnson (courtesy Temple)

Feb. 13, 2018



Urban Meyer Names Taver Johnson Cornerbacks Coach

Ohio native returns to Columbus and Ohio State where he previously coached five seasons

COLUMBUS, Ohio Taver Johnson, a 23-year coaching veteran with prior positions in the Big Ten Conference, the SEC and the National Football League, has joined coach Urban Meyer’s staff as cornerbacks coach, Meyer announced today. Additional responsibilities for Johnson may be announced at a later date.


“I am really pleased to have Taver Johnson join our coaching staff,” Meyer said. “I’ve known Taver for a long time, going back to our days at Notre Dame, and I think he is a terrific coach and person. He’ll do an excellent job coaching our cornerbacks and mentoring the young men in our program.”


Johnson, who is a native of Cincinnati, comes home to Ohio after spending the 2017 season working as defensive coordinator at Temple University.


He will be coaching at Ohio State for a second time. He was cornerbacks coach for four seasons under Jim Tressel (2007-10) and for the 2011 season under Luke Fickell. He left Ohio State after the 2011 season to become assistant head coach and linebackers coach at the University of Arkansas. He was elevated to interim head coach that spring and was coach of the Razorback defensive backs for the 2013 season.


Johnson was a standout football player at Wittenberg, a two-time Division III All-American and North Coast Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in 1992 and 1993.


He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1994 and spent two seasons coaching there before a three-year tenure at Millikin (Ill.) where he coached linebackers and served as defensive coordinator in 1998.


A one-year graduate assistantship brought Johnson to Notre Dame in 1999, where he worked with Meyer. Four seasons at Miami of Ohio as linebackers coach followed before one season of coaching special teams with the Cleveland Browns. He returned to Miami for 2005-06 and then joined Tressel’s staff at Ohio State in March of 2007.


Johnson coached three All-Americans at Ohio State: cornerbacks Malcolm Jenkins, who also won the Thorpe Award in 2008 as the nation’s outstanding defensive back, and Chimdi Chekwa, and safety Kurt Coleman. All three players were selected in the NFL Draft. Jenkins just won his second Super Bowl two weeks ago with Philadelphia and is a nine-year NFL veteran. Coleman is with the Carolina Panthers and he, too, just completed his ninth year in the league.


Prior to coaching at Temple, Johnson was on former Ohio State assistant coach Darrell Hazell’s staff at Purdue for three seasons, from 2014-16, coaching the defensive backs.


Johnson received his degree in business administration from Wittenberg in 1994. He and his wife, Sharday, have a son, Tyree, and a daughter, Brooklynn.








Ohio State rewards football assistant coaching staff with raises

Feb. 14, 2018



Ohio State Football Assistant Coaching Staff Receives Promotions

2017 Big Ten and Cotton Bowl champions extend 12-win (or more) seasons to five in last six years

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is increasing salaries and benefits for the members of the football assistant coaching staff after a season in which the team won at least 12 games for the fifth time in six years while winning a Big Ten Conference championship and a Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic championship with a decisive victory over No. 8 USC.


Ohio State was the only program in the nation last year – and the only school in the last five years – with a Top 10 ranking in both total offense (7th) and total defense (9th). The assistant coaching staff’s combined salary was only 13th nationally, but that ranking should change this year with the additional funds to the salary and benefits pool, including an $800,000 salary for the new 10th assistant coach, Alex Grinch.


There were 15 assistant coaches around the country making at least $1 million in salary in 2017, and two Ohio State assistant coaches will reach that total this year for a first time. Associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano will make $1.5 million in the coming year while offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will make $1 million per year on a new three-year contract. Both coaches were pursued by NFL teams and Division I programs during the off season. Increases for all assistant coaches total $3.4 million.


“The reality is we have to compensate people consistent with the expectations and their performance,” Gene Smith, Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director, said last week. “I am incredibly pleased with the performance of these coaches, year after year, and I’m certain Buckeye Nation is, as well.”


Each of Ohio State’s 10 assistant coaches are expected to be among the top three in salary at their respective position within the Big Ten Conference for 2018.


Ohio State Assistant Coaching Staff Salaries and Increases for 2018

§  Greg Schiano – $700,000 in 2017 to $1,500,000 in 2018: $800,000 increase

§  Ryan Day – $400,000 in 2017 to $1,000,000 in 2018: $600,000 increase

§  Kevin Wilson – $650,000 in 2017 to $800,000 in 2018: $150,000 increase

§  Alex Grinch – $800,000 in 2018

§  Larry Johnson – $575,225 in 2017 to $750,000 in 2018; $174,775 increase

§  Tony Alford – $450,000 in 2017 to $525,000 in 2018; $75,000 increase

§  Bill Davis – $500,000 in 2017; $500,000 in 2018

§  Greg Studrawa – $410,000 in 2017 to $500,000 in 2018; $90,000 increase

§  Taver Johnson – $345,000 in 2018

§  Zach Smith – $300,000 in 2017 to $340,000 in 2018; $40,000 increase


Discussions are underway on two-year contract extension for head coach Urban Meyer that will keep him on the Ohio State sidelines at least through the 2022 football season. The extension is expected to be voted on in April by the Ohio State Board of Trustees.


Meyer, who made $6.43 million in base salary in 2017, is 73-8 through his first six seasons as Ohio State coach, including a 47-3 record in the Big Ten with six consecutive divisional championships. Meyer’s Buckeyes have the second-most wins in college football since 2012 and the eight losses are tied for the fewest in that time. Ohio State won the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship in 2014 and it has won two Big Ten titles plus a Sugar Bowl and a Fiesta Bowl, in addition to the Cotton Bowl title to cap 2017.







Ohio State 2018 Spring Game set for April 14

Ohio Stadium empty (2007 photo by Skorry, via wikipedia commons)


Football fans who follow the Ohio State football program have been waiting for this announcement since the Cotton Bowl win over Southern California. The date of the Annual Spring Game.

The annual scrimmage will take place at Ohio Stadium around 1:45pm on April 14. Ohio State Lacross will also play Michigan at 11am in Ohio Stadium.

Ticketing details have not yet been released.

This year’s spring game will be centered around the quarterback position as J.T. Barrett has graduated. The battle will be between sophomore Dwayne Haskins who is clearly the front-runner and redshirt freshman Tate Martell who is equally capable of leading the Buckeyes on offense.


Ryan Day bypasses NFL offers; gets promoted to Offensive Coordinator at Ohio State

Ryan Day

2017 saw Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in passing, total offense and points per game


Jan. 23, 2018


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Day, the second-year Ohio State quarterbacks coach who also was co-offensive coordinator this past season, has been promoted to offensive coordinator by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. Day will continue to coach the Ohio State quarterbacks and work with Kevin Wilson to lead the Ohio State offense with additional adjustments to his responsibilities forthcoming.

“Ryan is clearly a very talented coach who has been an outstanding addition to our program,” Meyer said. “He has been approached by other schools numerous times this off-season for coordinator and head coach opportunities, and by the National Football League for a coordinator opportunity. I am pleased that he has elected to continue to work on this staff and to lead, mentor and coach the terrific young men we have in this program.”

In Day’s first year on staff last year working alongside Kevin Wilson, the two helped the Ohio State offense lead the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (243.2), passing yards (262.8), total offense (506.0) and scoring (41.1). Ohio State’s offense set school single season records for passes attempted (440) and completed (287), and had the second-highest totals for passing yards with 3,679 and touchdown passes with 39.

Additionally, the Buckeyes were seventh nationally in total offense in 2017, 17th in rushing and sixth in scoring.

“Ohio State is an outstanding place to be a coach, and Columbus is a great city for a young family,” Day said. “I really enjoyed my first season with this program and I’m looking forward to the 2018 season and the opportunity to coach a very talented and hungry group of players.”

Day recently completed his 16th season in coaching, a tenure that includes two seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers, respectively. He and his wife, Christina, are the parents of three children; a son, Ryan, Jr., and two daughters: Grace and Ourania.



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